The Queen of Hearts

Author: Wilkie Collins
Published: 1859
Language: English
Wordcount: 145,013 / 400 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.8
LoC Category: PR
Series: Queen's Quorum
Downloads: 2,743
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Tower, Morgan discovered that he had saved as much money for his old age as a sensible man could want; that he was tired of the active pursuit--or, as he termed it, of the dignified quackery of his profession; and that it was only common charity to give his invalid brother a companion who could physic him for nothing, and so prevent him from getting rid of his money in the worst of all possible ways, by wasting it on doctors' bills. In a week after Morgan had arrived at these conclusions, he was settled at The Glen Tower; and from that time, opposite as their characters were, my two elder brothers lived together in their lonely retreat, thoroughly understanding, and, in their very different ways, heartily loving one another.

Many years passed before I, the youngest of the three--christened by the unmelodious name of Griffith--found my way, in my turn, to the dreary old house, and the sheltering quiet of the Welsh hills. My career in life had led me away from my brothers; and even now, when we are all u

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2010.09.15
Iris Zawilski
****.

I have read a number of Wilkie's books and basically have been disappointed. I was about ready to quit on this one when it got good. In this book, his usual sappy, predictable main plot is happily derailed by the telling of a number of short stories, somewhat in the spirit of the 1001 Arabian Nights. Although some of the stories are better than others, they are mostly worth the effort.


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